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    Laugh (or Cry) Vint Cerf sends in the clowns
    posted by tbyfield on Tuesday July 20 2004, @04:21AM

    It's all good is the woolly theme of an eWeek op-ed by ICANN supremo Vint Cerf. "ICANN's stewardship is international, bottom-up and multistakeholder. ICANN promotes user choice, predictability and a stable technological environment in which innovation is encouraged. ICANN relies on the Governmental Advisory Community for counsel on public policy."



    And if you can't figure out what's up with all those carping critics, just ignore the hubbub, he intones: "policy development is necessarily a noisy process." And if you can't figure out what's up with VeriSign and their wacky antics like SiteFinder, well, those scoundrels surprised (boo!) the intrepid ICANNauts -- and "surprise is almost always inimical to stability." But ICANN rode to the rescue, and VeriSign suspended it. And if you can't figure out what's up with the SSAC, well, speaking candidly, "indeed [it's] taken much longer than anyone, including" -- reach for your hankies -- " its volunteer chairperson, would have wished"; and of course you'll sympathize when you're reminded that "some full-time work was required to prepare the final report" -- but it's out now. And if you can't figure out what's up with the GAC, well, take it easy: "only a handful of government representatives have expressed [the] view," to quote reluctantly the "gross mischaracterization" of Association for Competitive Technology president Jonathan Zuck, that "national governments are accusing ICANN of playing politics with domain names." And so on.

     
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    Vint on morality
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday July 21 2004, @06:16PM (#13999)
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    Vint seems [yahoo.com] to think he can teach online morality. Given constant ICANN secrecy, deception, self-dealing scandals that are different in degree but not in kind from the likes of Enwrong, his own WorldCon, and poor near fatality Martha Stewart, well, it's enough to make one barf.

    So in the link I provide he wants governments to keep their hands off his internet (except when he allows it), while in the posted article above he wants GAC, that is, governments, to have a say in his internet. Which is it? Oh, I get it, the latter way he gets to decide which government input to allow. What hubris. -g

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    This is Pure 'reality-bending' Spin syrup...
    by GideonsLastSon on Friday July 23 2004, @08:32AM (#14016)
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    Don't pour maple syrup on top of dog droppings and call it pancakes.

    I have honestly not had the opportunity to watch ICANN walk a walk that matches something even remotely close to what Vint describes in this article.

    I was really disappointed in Vint on the spin doctor aspect of this article, as he has made so many contributions to the internet throughout his career that have been so helpful and positive for everyone.

    The points made in the article really bend reality in a way to lead a reader to a conclusion that ICANN has benefitted everyone more than the very few that they actually have.

    I opine that the article would lead the reader who bases their descisions on very high level perspectives of what is really happening (such as, say governmental officials who are busy with their everyday problems that this internet stuff is only a blip on a radar), to believe that ICANN is something different than what it has shown itself to be.

    I don't mean this to dilute the positive things that we have seen from ICANN, because there have been some good things to come from them, and there are a lot of very well intentioned people involved and contributing their time and energy.

    C'mon Vint. I expect pragmatic honesty to be a solution to the state of affairs we are in.

    I may not be alone.

    -J
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